MAR 2019

Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong goes live!

Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong is Victoria’s first Aboriginal community controlled Philanthropic Fund.

Woor-Dungin and Foundation for Indigenous Leadership members are invited to submit applications for the first round of funding for 2019 – the deadline is 5.00pm Monday 15th April.

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If you have a deadly idea on behalf of your mob,  get in quick with your proposal.

Complete applications here

Please see the website for further details about the grant and also the easy to fill out grant application form.

Working Mums: Bundap Marram Durn-durn

Indigenous Employment Partners is running a new campaign.

The campaign is called Working Mums: Bundap Marram Durn-durn and we’re looking for support.

We’re looking to raise $100,000.00.

To see all the details, please click here  

If you would like to organise a corporate giving campaign click on the fundraise button then click ‘fundraise as a company’ and fill out your details.

If you would like to get a group of people together to fundraise click on the fundraise button then click on ‘fundraise as a team’ and compete the details.

Please pass this on to anyone else you know who might be interested.

Uncle Jack did his time, but his record remains a ball and chain

The Age 7th March 2019 highlights the story of Uncle Jack Charles and the campaign by Woor-Dungin to introduce a spent conviction scheme.

Criminal records are a significant barrier to employment for many Aboriginal people and Indigenous Employment Partners supports the Woor-Dungin campaign

Read article

Aboriginal Ex Offender Employment Program Workshop

Join Woor-Dungin and Indigenous Employment Partners on the May 2nd to learn more about finding work when you have a criminal record.

IEP will be running a workshop for employers who want to hire people with a criminal record.  More details available soon.

Continuous Improvement at Indigenous Employment Partners

On Thursday 7 March and Friday 8th March Central Australian remote Health Development Services (CARHDS) from Alice Springs, Tauondi College from Adelaide, Building Indigenous Capability (BIC) from Canberra and Indigenous Employment Partners met at the Indigenous Employment Partners offices to review the 10139NAT Course in Indigenous Mentoring.

On day one staff reviewed feedback from course participants and made improvements to the training materials based on this feedback.

Vicki from Tauondi, Veronica from BIC, Dennis from IEP and Raelene from CARHDS.

On day two we explored ways we can improve the learning experiences for participants in the future including putting some parts of the course online.

If you would like to know more about the course please contact us.

JAN 2019

Reconciliation Victoria supports a continuing national conversation about shifting our national day from January 26 – to reflect on who we are as a nation, what we stand for, and what date in our history best reflects those values and attributes.

Reconciliation Victoria encourages local councils, organisations and individuals commemorating the day to recognise the honoured place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our nation’s history, to be sensitive to the feelings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may see the day as one of mourning, and to see the day as an opportunity to promote understanding, respect and reconciliation.

Reconciliation Victoria has provided some simple ways to mark 26th January respectfully, and acknowledge members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Check out Reconciliation Victoria’s website for suggestions on how you can mark 26 Jan respectfully.

Indigenous Employment Partners recommends to all our clients and partner organisations to consult with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities about how to appropriately mark the day.

JAN 2019

IEP welcomes new board member

Indigenous Employment Partners (IEP) is proud to announce the appointment of Jade Miller (Yorta Yorta) to our board.

Jade is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indigenous National Technology & Telecom Network (INTTN) and is currently appointed to a State of Victoria Traditional Owner Land Management Board and holds the audit, risk and financial management portfolio.

Jade brings 20 years business experience to the IEP Board, in both governance and executive leadership roles and has a proven track record of building business and organisations from start-up through to established businesses.

IEP is thrilled to have Jade joining our Board and we very much welcome the contribution he will make in supporting IEP’s strategies, business development, marketing, fundraising, monitoring performance, managing risk and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Jade’s experience in management and governance in both the Charities and Not for profit and the for profit sectors will bring a level of skills to our board which will strengthen both our governance and service delivery and help us achieve our vision of contributing to ending the cycle of poverty and disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples by building capacity and fostering self-sufficiency through employment.”

Den Batty, Chairperson, Indigenous Employment Partners

NOV 2018

IEP mentoring course growing strong in NT

Darwin Mentoring

Congratulations to everyone who recently completed IEP’s Indigenous Mentoring Course in Darwin.

Twelve people traveled from all parts of the country to take part in the 5 day course delivered at the Australian National University’s (ANU) North Australia Research Unit (NARU).

Here’s some of the kind words people shared on completing the course:


I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it

The facilitator made me feel safe and the content of the workshop helped me understand how to be a mentor

Really, it was the most amount of information, knowledge and skills I have ever gained from a course

An inspiration!

IEP chats with CAAMA radio

Australia’s largest Aboriginal Media organisation, Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) recently invited IEP to talk on their Strong Voices radio program.

CAAMA broadcaster, Kyle Dowling chatted to IEP Co-Director, Nicole Findlay about IEP’s success in recently being awarded a Westpac Foundation Community Grant.

Take a listen!

Oct 2018

Indigenous Employment Partners congratulates Not-for-profit Law on its 10th birthday

Not-for-profit Law,  a program of Justice Connect, celebrated its 10th birthday milestone on 10 October 2018.  Celebrations were fittingly hosted by member law firm,  Clayton Utz, who launched the Not-for-profit Law service back in 2008.

The birthday was an opportunity to reflect and recognise how far Not-for-profit Law has come and their achievements over the past decade.

Measuring Not-for-profit Law’s impact:   A new report by Deloitte Access Economics revealed the economic contribution of Not-for-profit Law in 2017/18 was an estimated $22.4 million. This comprised of:

$1.8 million in direct economic contribution

$3.2 million in value of services including in-house legal advice and information, pro bono referrals, training and online resources, and

$17.4 million in wider economic and social benefits delivered to the community as a result of efficiency gains to the not-for-profit sector through accessing Not-for-profit Law’s services.

It is estimated that approximately 18,000 additional client service episodes will be provided over the next three years as a result of Not-for-profit Law services.

Not-for-profit Law’s clients often share the impact NFP Law services have on their organisation and the Deloitte report complements this feedback, showing the impact NFP Law’s services have in a broader economic context.

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM was Not-for-profit Law’s 10th birthday guest speaker. Commissioner Fitzgerald has a long history with the not-for-profit sector and Not-for-profit Law.

Speaking from his experience as the inaugural chair of the Advisory Board for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and as Commissioner overseeing the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Fitzgerald discussed the importance of strong governance, accountability and transparency in the charity and not-for-profit sector.

You can read Commissioner Fitzgerald’s speech and hear from Indigenous Employment Partners CEO on the importance of the work NFP Law does for the Charities and NFP sector by clicking this link.

Mullum Mullum Fund Raising Dinner

Sara Stuart from Indigenous Employment Partners and Andrew Smith from Serco with Sean Choolburra (middle) at the 2018 Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place Dinner.

Congratulations to Karen Millward and everyone at Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place for hosting a fantastic dinner on Saturday 6th October.  The night was hosted by Sean Choolburra and entertainment provided by traditional dancers Chris Hume and the Mullum Mullum Youth Culture Group, Gunditjmara singer, songwriter Dave Arden and the Yeng Gulli Mullum Choir.

The night finished with loud and silent auctions of some fantastic items donated to support Mullum Mullum’s fund raising to support their programs to support community.

Sept 2018

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust supports IEP

IEP recently became proud recipients of funding from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

As a not-for-profit social enterprise IEP is most appreciative to receive the generous support of one of Victoria’s leading independent philanthropy groups.

The HMS Trust is strongly committed to investing in Victorian projects and programs to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The funding received is for a period of 12 months between 2018-2019 and will be allocated to a number of IEP projects and initiatives including:

Rural and regional Victoria Supporting Aboriginal Victorians in rural and regional locations who are not in the labour force
Reducing inequality Reducing Indigenous disadvantage for the person gaining employment and their immediate and extended family.
Building organisational capacity Increasing the capacity of Indigenous Employment Partners to increase both the number of job-ready Indigenous workers and potential employers.
Collaboration and partnership Social Traders, Gunung-Willam-Balluk Centre, Yenbena, Federation University’s Indigenous unit and Dulka Yuppata

Read more about the Helen Macperson Smith Trust

July 2018


IEP extends a big congratulations to all 2018 NAIDOC Award winners 

Strong Sistas keeping culture safe

In partnership with Serco and Skillinvest, Indigenous Employment Partners hosted its inaugural NAIDOC week event on Friday 6 July and recognised seven remarkable Aboriginal women.

Aunty Di Kerr,  Traditional Custodian, Wurundjeri

Antoinette Braybrook,  CEO Djirra, Kuku Yalanji

Cheryl Vickery-Nicholls,  Community elder, Yorta Yorta

Shona Stewart,  City of Whittlesea, Wiradjuri/Latdje Latdje

Katrina Harrison,  Skillinvest, Palawa

Leanne Sumner,  Cultural Advisor and Educator, Gunditjmara

Karen Lovett,  Artist and Arts Teacher, Gunditjmara

Each of these amazing women has a very different story, but one resounding similarity; They’re exceedingly strong and resilient women and have risen out of adversity to become highly capable community carers, advocates, educators and leaders, and they all possess an unwavering commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

These proud Aboriginal women are what many would call, cultural care takers – women who take great care to keep Aboriginal culture safe, strong and alive.

In coming together for NAIDOC week, these women all graciously accepted two beautiful awards. One being an extraordinary butterfly hand-crafted and lovingly painted by Aboriginal Steel Art and the other gift, a piece of handmade artwork produced by Aboriginal men currently detained in correction facilities in Queensland.

It was such a kind and thoughtful gesture for the incarcerated men to make these gifts for the women, and in return the women insisted that a piece of artwork be produced and sent back to the men, as a sign of their gratitude.

It was a beautiful display of the kindness that exists between Aboriginal communities across Australia and such a pleasure for attendees to witness.

Another highlight of the event was seeing the interaction between Aboriginal community elders who hadn’t seen each other for years.  One award recipient, Cheryl Vickery-Nicholls upon receiving her recognition gifts was greeted by a hand-stretched out in the crowd and a voice saying, “are you Stella Nicholls daughter?”.  When Cheryl replied “yes, I am”, the Aboriginal women elders sitting in the front row, all began to clap and gave Cheryl a big hug. Breaking into cheery conversation about who knew who and so on.  It really was a beautiful sight to see these women reconnecting and discussing who was related to who and reminiscing over good times.

This beautiful unplanned situation really brought warmth to the event and the energy about the place was buzzing with bubups (meaning children, Boon wurrung) being cuddled and lots of people chatting away about all manner of things.

In all, this first NAIDOC week event for Indigenous Employment Partners was all we could ask for – A room spilling over with more than 50 guests, great memorable moments, heartfelt stories followed by tears of joy and sadness, delicious food from our friends at Kinfolk and a whole heap of great surprises.

Did we mention that Indigenous Employment Partners, Director, Sara Stuart, blew the lid off the place with her amazing MCing?

Well, let’s just say, this proud Kamilaroi woman with four beautiful children and two businesses under her belt was a pretty big highlight too. Inspiring us all with her beauty, strength and charm.

Much like all the other amazing Aboriginal women we recognised on the day.